The Hazmobile recovers used water-based paint from our collections. We bulk it by color and pour it into 4 gallon buckets, which are free to the public, first come, first served. The paint is a mixture of interior and exterior grades so it is recommended for exterior use only. Colors usually include tan, brown, gray, and green. The paint giveaway is Tue-Wed from 8 am to 2 pm and 2nd Sat 8-2 at 3200 Taylor Drive, Ukiah.
Call the Recycling Hotline 707-468-9704.
The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority provides this hotline to answer questions about waste reduction and recycling. Messages or questions can be left at any time and your call will be returned.
Free e-waste electronics recycling:
To make it more convenient for residents and businesses to dispose of their waste properly, electronics can be recycled without charge at any transfer station. Included are: televisions, computer monitors, computers, VCRs, printers, cell phones, telephones, microwaves, and answering machines.
The state has also advised that all household batteries, mercury devices, and fluorescent tubes are prohibited from disposal as trash. They may be recycled through the HazMobile program.
Carryout bag ordinance for 2014-2015:
You may have questions about the new ordinance or whether a store is in compliance. Read about it here.
Expanded Polystyrene Ordinance for 2015:
Read about it here.
Illegal Trash Dumping:
Illegal dumping isn't just unsightly, it's illegal, unhealthy and wasteful. What you can do to help Mendocino County fight this problem.
Safe Medicine Disposal Programs:
Home-generated Sharps/Needles Disposal
Improper disposal of medications can put chemicals into our natural water ways that are harmful for fish and wildlife. You can help reduce this problem by bringing your medications to a Safe Medicine Disposal drop-off location. For more information on safe medicine disposal, visit the Russian River Water Association's web site.
The Mendocino County Sheriff has also started a program which allows community members a safe location to dispose of all unwanted and outdated
prescription medications: Operation Medicine Cabinet.
If you are interested in recycling opportunities in Lake County check out the comprehensive information posted at Integrated Waste Management, a division of the Lake County Public Services Department.